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Thirty years after the publication of his classic work D?gen Kigen—Mystical Realist, Hee-Jin Kim reframes and recasts his understanding of D?gen’s Zen methodology in this new book. Through meticulous textual analyses of and critical reflections on key passages primarily from D?gen’s Sh?b?genz?, Kim explicates hitherto underappreciated aspects of D?gen’s religion, such as the ambiguity of delusion and also of enlightenment, intricacies of negotiating the Way, the dynamic functions of emptiness, the realizational view of language, nonthinking as the essence of meditation, and a multifaceted conception of reason. Kim also responds to many recent developments in Zen studies that have arisen in both Asia and the West, especially Critical Buddhism. He brings D?gen the meditator and D?gen the thinker into relief. Kim’s study clearly demonstrates that language, thinking, and reason constitute the essence of D?gen’s proposed Zen praxis, and that such a Zen opens up new possibilities for dialogue between Zen and contemporary thought. This fresh assessment of D?gen’s Zen represents a radical shift in our understanding of its place in the history of Buddhism.

“Kim … makes sense of D?gen’s puzzling grammar in lucid prose … Kim’s scholarship and delivery are impeccable.” — Original Mind

“By offering a creative approach to reflections about Zen through philosophical musings and weaving a path that ties together diverse themes and outlooks, Kim provides a new generation of readers who are eager to learn from the ‘grand master’ of the field an insightful analysis of key passages from D?gen’s collected works.” — Journal of Religion

“Kim’s sophisticated forays into D?gen’s enigmatic texts … convey the sense of closing in on the essence of this thought.” — Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

“…Kim spells out his thinking with such clarity that any reader interested in making a serious effort to understand D?gen’s thought will find Kim’s insights indispensable.” — Buddhadharma

“Kim has been very successful in providing novel, innovative means of interpreting D?gen’s approach to such seminal issues as meditative thinking, nonduality, illusion, language, logical thinking, and realization. A new generation of readers will be eager to learn from the ‘grand master’ of the field and will benefit from his insightful analysis of key passages from D?gen’s collected works. This book will take its place among other prominent philosophical studies of D?gen by Masao Abe, Joan Stambaugh, and Gereon Kopf.” — Steven Heine, author of D?gen and the K?an Tradition: A Tale of Two Sh?b?genz? Texts
The lotus blossoms in July, so the other day I took a tripsomething of an annual pilgrimage of sortsto a provincial park famous for its sea of pink lotuses. I go there every summer and just saunter around the huge pond for half a day or so and then return. The rainy season had already begun and when I arrived it was drizzling and the park was deserted. With umbrella in hand, I stood on the footbridge in the center of the pond, inhaling the mystical fragrance and watching the raindrops fall on the large green lotus pads. As it began to rain harder, it was interesting to observe that what seemed like large raindrops falling in front of my eyes looked more like tiny grains of millet once they landed on the pads. Then I noticed something else. The raindrops would collect into little transparent crystal pools on the pads. As more raindrops fell, the pools became larger and heavier, and the pads began to roll the pools around on their surfaces. When these little crystal pools grew to a certain size and weight, the pads unhesitatingly dropped them down onto the other pads below. Those pads in turn rolled the pools around until they were too big and heavy, whence they just rolled them off and down into the pond. I watched this process rather indifferently until I realized what was going on, and then I marveled at the wisdom to be found in the lotus pond. The pads held what they could until it became too much for them, and then they freed themselves of their burdens. If they didn't and, out of greed, tried to hold as many raindrops as possible, then either the pads would tear or their stems would break from the weight. - Zen Master Bopjong, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall
This book that God ordained, "Messages From the Throne Room," was written so you may experience His presence which does come directly from the throne room. We are all vessels on this earth whom God uses to get His message across. When I start to write and the words begin to come, they are indeed messages from Him for His people. Imagine yourself sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing His words! There are messages that range from Who God Is, His Word, His Love and His Treasures. There are messages for your personal edification, including Prayer, Seeking Him First, Faith, Serving, and Repentance. And wait until you read about Heaven and learn first hand what to expect when you arrive there! My prayer is that by the time you have read the contents of this book, the throne room experience will have become as real to you as it has been to me! NANCY MEARS was born and raised in Centralia, Illinois and it was there that she developed a love of writing that has continued throughout her life. Nancy currently lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is retired and has one grown son. Several years ago she began to see character flaws in herself that she was not happy with and one night she knelt by her bed and asked God to change her. These changes have come gradually over a period of many years, but the "messages from the throne room" began to come literally within hours after she prayed the prayer. Then she began to see as she shared them, the impact they had on others. Now, because of this book, she feels many more people can come to know and experience a relationship with the Almighty God! These powerful words from Him have given her a new meaning of His existence and His love for each of us. It has been a very humbling experience and He continues to give new messages!
Set in an accessible prose-poem and style and seasoned with wisdom quotes from many sources, HutchinsonÂ’s latest book leads to the rediscovery of vital connections to Jesus (via the LordÂ’s Prayer), ourselves (via holy leisure), wise guides (via inspirational fiction), others (via true relations), and God (via the savored life). Frequent reflection questions draw readers into interior dialogue or discussion with friends.

“Gold-miners find their precious nuggets by sorting through and washing tons of dirt. Gloria Hutchinson is a miner. In this book, she pans through mountains of literature and extracts precious nugget after precious nugget. You will be wonderfully overwhelmed with shining pieces of wisdom from everywhere, not least from Gloria Hutchinson herself. A very creative, insightful, poetically-written book.”

Ron Rolheiser
Author of The Holy Longing

“ ‘Drop the reins of your driven life.’ Gloria Hutchinson helps us do this with a smile -- or even a big grin. She invites us to the inner places where we can enjoy more fully the life and love that is ours. This is a little book with which we will want to ‘waste time’.”

M. Basil Pennington
Author of Centering Prayer

“Life is all about ‘connections’ – staying in and developing relationships. Gloria Hutchinson not only reminds us of this master spiritual fact, she shows us how to foster good relationships – with Jesus, ourselves, fellow pilgrims, and God.”

Bishop Robert Morneau
Author of A Retreat with C. S. Lewis
Happy New You is a daily devotional. It seeks to encourage and inspire you to read the Bible through each year and become all God desires for your life. He wants us to be made whole in body, mind, spirit and soul. Author Judy P. Davis has read the Bible through each year for more than twenty years and plans to continue. Her life has never been the same since she began reading and studying Gods Word daily.

Happy New You is needed in the days and times we are facing. In an age of political fights, a failing economy, and uncertainty, the need for a fresh devotional read is soothing and welcomed. Happy New You challenges spiritual growth in our daily struggles. Judy truly reflects the character of a servant, because she loves people and she writes to change lives. Let this 365-day devotional stir your spirit and occupy your heartbeat with adoration, anticipating time spent getting to know the Savior. In reading this devotion day to day, you will agree that the pages are filled with the Word of God, real-life revelations, dreams, and the wonder of the greatest gift of all, Jesus.
Ann Jolissaint, author of Refining Fire

In this inspirational collection of devotions, author Judy Davis creatively walks readers through the Scriptures. Judy relates how she has learned to continually trust the Lord through trials involving family tragedies, financial concerns, and in many other faith-building and spiritually enriching testimonials. Everyone is certain to be abundantly blessed throughout the year in meditating week to week on this treasure trove of lovely revelations!

A poetic classic from a major figure of American Zen.

Zen Vows for Daily Life is a collection of gathas, vows in verse form for daily practice, similar to prayers or affirmations for use at home, at work, and in the meditation hall itself. Reciting these poetic vows can help us be fully present in each moment and each activity of our lives. These gathas serve as gentle reminders to return again and again to our highest aspirations, with acceptance, joy, and compassion—for ourselves and all beings. Zen Vows for Daily Life will be a steadfast companion in keeping the reader inspired and committed on their spiritual path.

“Each act in a Buddhist monastery—washing up, putting on clothes, entering the Buddha hall, sitting down for meditation, getting up from meditation—receives its own Dharma poem. Events on pilgrimage—encountering a tree, a river, a bridge, a dignitary, a mendicant—likewise offer entries into truth. My purpose in this book is similar: to show how ordinary occurrences in our modern lay lives are in fact the Buddha’s own teachings—and also to show how we can involve ourselves accordingly in the practice of wisdom and compassion with family and friends, with everyone and everything.”—Robert Aitken, from the Preface

“In [Zen Vows for Daily Life], poetry and meditation always go together. Poetry is comprised of images and music, and images make the practice easy. Robert Aitken Roshi is a poet who deeply appreciates practicing with these gathas. He offers us many beautiful verses, sterling examples of this practice, that we can use to reflect more deeply on what we are doing. I am grateful to Aitken Roshi for offering us this beautiful book.”—from the Foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh
A life-professed solitary and mystic under vows to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ross writes with the wonder and energy of a spiritual poet. In this new edition of a spiritual classic, she shares one year of her solitude in seasonal meditations that include encounters with lynxes and coyotes, reflections on the summer solstice, and desire for union with God. An excellent source of sermon ideas. In one essay, Ross reveals the two comments she receives most are "You don't look like a hermit," followed by "What do you do in solitude?" She answers, "I don't do, I be." Only an experienced mystic could put the emphasis on being and not doing. Being in solitude, Ross has plenty of time to savor the beauties and the bounties of the natural world and animals. She does both here. We were also impressed with pieces on the importance of an informing vision, the value of chastity, and the difficulty of intercessory prayer. We are always on the lookout for passages on unity and here is one we liked: "It is that my sin and your sin consists not in isolated small or gross acts committed or omitted by our choices and actions, or in some vague, isolated theoretical attitude, but instead that we, you and I, by virtue of our common humanity, and in the solitude from which true relationship springs, come to realize that we are implicated in every sin. "I am the pimp on 42nd Street, dealing in bodies. I am the pusher, selling drugs to an addict nodding and drooling in Needle Park. I am the employee ripping off my corporation. I am the industrialist pouring poison into the bodies and, by advertising, into the souls of my sisters and brothers. I am the driver of the military juggernaut, careening wildly out of control. I struggle impotently to express who I really am."
To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.

“An interesting, lively, and genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

“At a time when it's increasingly challenging to find clear and honest direction on the spiritual path, Living as a River offers contemporary insight into an ancient practice and wise counsel we can trust. This book is both beautifully written and useful to all serious seekers.”
—Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path and Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self—the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of:A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical bodyProfound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universeFreedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identityThe relaxed experience of “consciousness, pure and bright”

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.

Revered by Buddhists in the United States and China, Master Sheng-yen shares his wisdom and teachings in this first comprehensive English primer of Chan, the Chinese tradition of Buddhism that inspired Japanese Zen. Often misunderstood as a system of mind games, the Chan path leads to enlightenment through apparent contradiction. While demanding the mental and physical discipline of traditional Buddhist doctrine, it asserts that wisdom (Buddha-nature) is innate and immediate in all living beings, and thus not to be achieved through devotion to the strictures of religious practice. You arrive without departing. Master Sheng-yen provides an unprecedented understanding of Chan, its precepts, and its practice. Beginning with a basic overview of Buddhism and meditation, Hoofprint of the Ox details the progressive mental exercises traditionally followed by all Buddhists. Known as the Three Disciplines, these procedures develop moral purity, meditative concentration, and enlightening insight through the "stilling" of the mind. Master Sheng-yen then expounds Chan Buddhism, recounting its centuries-old history in China and illuminating its fundamental tenets. He contemplates the nature of Buddhahood, specifies the physical and mental prerequisites for beginning Chan practice, and humbly considers what it means to be an enlightened Chan master. Drawing its title from a famous series of pictures that symbolizes the Chan path as the search of an ox-herd for his wayward ox, Hoofprint of the Ox is an inspirational guide to self-discovery through mental transformation. A profound contribution to Western understanding of Chan and Zen, this book is intended for practicing Buddhists as well as anyone interested in learning about the Buddhist path.
The Ten Commandments tell us how to behave, but they don't say much about the inner awareness from which outer behavior springs. Do the right thing, of course-- but better yet, find your inner light and doing the right thing becomes as natural as breathing. THE ZEN COMMANDMENTS offers ten powerful nudges toward that light.

Drawing on sources from Zen stories and the Bible to jazz and rock 'n' roll, from American movies to Tibetan meditative techniques, Dean Sluyter steers clear of dogma and emphasizes what works-- a sort of spiritual street smarts. He shows that the state of boundless freedom and happiness isn't something distant or exotic, but is right here, while you're stuck in traffic or taking out the trash. And revisiting the Ten Commandments, he shows how on a deeper level they offer some surprising enlightenment wisdom of their own.

“The book is extremely well written and joyously entertaining.”
—Publishers Weekly
“With sparkling clarity and wit, Sluyter's ten suggestions lay out the practical essentials of the path. My suggestion is: listen to this guy.”
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
“Dean Sluyter clearly presents simple but profound ways to live one's life consciously and skillfully. He teaches that the source of universal truth not only rests in the heart of every one of us, but is the essence of what ultimately brings us true happiness and freedom. This is a wonderful book with rich wisdom and deep insight.”
—Rabbi David Cooper, author of God Is a Verb
“No matter what your religion (or lack of it), this book shows how to live the kind of life people ache for. It turns out to be pretty simple.”
—Jane Cavolina, co-author of Growing Up Catholic
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